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Three women will be allowed to testify that Marissa Alexander’s ex-husband had an abusive past, a judge has ruled. But that ruling comes with stipulations.


Tears streamed down Rhonda Rouer’s face and her voice shook as she recounted before jurors for a second time the day Michael Dunn shot a Jacksonville teen.


On the second day of testimony in the Michael Dunn retrial, jurors heard from eight witnesses, including the three teens who were with 17-year-old Jordan Davis when he died.

A Jacksonville attorney is representing three families on a growing list of plaintiffs alleging abuse and neglect at a Central Florida school for deaf and autistic students.

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Conflicting appeals court rulings over the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, have thrown the law’s future into an uncertain status.

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Same sex couples around the state stand to benefit from Thursday’s Monroe County court ruling that overturned Florida’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriages.

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MIAMI (AP) — A judge in the Florida Keys has overturned the state's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage after a legal challenge by six gay couples said it effectively made them second-class citizens.

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This week the city of Atlantic Beach moved ahead with a potential update of its Human Rights Ordinance.

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President Barack Obama caused a stir recently when he said the U.S. should join the rest of the industrialized world and offer paid maternity leave to all new mothers.

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The U.S. Supreme Court's decision on whether for-profit businesses with religious objections can refuse to pay for birth control as part of their employee health benefits package has ignited national debate.

Governor Rick Scott, the Mayo Clinic, and Miss Florida are in the headlines today.

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TALLAHASSEE (The News Service of Florida) — On Tuesday, the state's record-setting, $77 billion election-year budget goes into effect, along with 157 other bills approved by the Legislature and signed by Gov. Rick Scott.

The laws range from the "Florida GI Bill" which is intended to make Florida the most military-friendly state in the nation, to lowering college costs and banning the sale of electronic cigarettes to minors.

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HIV, party cabanas, passenger rail, and Crystal Metheney were among our top stories this week.

A Florida criminal statute that evokes images of rocket propelled grenades is more likely to be applied in the case of a drive-by fruiting.

The U.S. Supreme Court has chosen not to rule on a ground-breaking case out of Florida. Pitting Tobacco companies against smokers, this seems to be one strike against the corporations.

In 2006, the Florida Supreme Court ruled against big tobacco companies in a decision that has come to be known as the Engle Case. Life-long smoker, physician, and Miami-Beach resident Howard Engle was the lead plaintiff.